Celebrity Cruises will present a stellar line-up of nightclubs and lounges on the line’s new Celebrity Solstice, scheduled to launch in December, 2008. From an intimate, enriching wine cellar to a vibrant club that transforms with each night’s dance theme, the 2,850-guest ship will offer guests some of the most stylish and varied public spaces at sea.
“Our Solstice-class fleet will present several entirely new venues, along with creative twists on some of our guests’ longtime favorites,” said Celebrity Cruises President and CEO Dan Hanrahan. “We think our guests will find the design and style in every space not only inviting, but also absolutely stunning.”
Indulge in New Hot Spots’ on Celebrity Solstice
The sophisticated Cellar Masters wine bar will deliver exceptional wines by the glass and bottle, and the superb sommelier service that is a Celebrity Cruises standard. An ideal locale for enrichment opportunities, Cellar Masters also will present the renowned Riedel comparative wine-tasting program introduced across the Celebrity fleet this year. With a design inspired by the deep tones of a winery during a summer sunset, Cellar Masters’ interior will deliver an experience that is a perfect balance between the senses and the wine.
The ideal setting for a pre-dinner cocktail en route to an extraordinary specialty dining experience, the Ensemble Lounge’s design pairs classical architectural elements with contemporary treatments. With whimsical patterns suggesting the ebb and flow of varied music rhythms, the space’s aubergine accents and stylish, contemporary furniture will reflect a period when jazz greats Duke Ellington and Count Basie reigned supreme.
Located at the ground level of the sweeping Grand Foyer, the Passport Bar has been designed to make a memorable first impression. Inspired by the contemporary, understated elegance of ocean-going yachts, the Passport Bar will feature a color palette reflective of the Mediterranean, with warm tones of walnut and zebra wood complementing the nautical look.
Guests who love the mod, futuristic designs of the ’60s and ’70s will find Quasar particularly captivating. Cocoon-shaped acrylic chairs suspended from the ceiling will enhance the drama of the space, as will leather banquettes featuring details developed from vintage cars of the “flower power” era. State-of-the-art lighting and four large LED screens will be programmed to create a nightly light show synchronized with the music’s pulsing beat, making Quasar the happening place where the party can begin or end.
Sky Observation Lounge
The new signature lounge atop Celebrity Solstice will invite guests to participate in multiple styles of dance, with the entire lounge transforming to create an atmosphere reflective of each nightly theme. From wild red for tango nights to midnight blue for ballroom dance, guests will have the opportunity to participate in lessons during the day, in preparation for dancing the night away. Sweeping curves, cloud-like forms and an infinity dome over the dance floor will create a feeling of being suspended in the clouds by night, while during the day, Sky’s light-colored palette will provide the perfect backdrop for the venue’s spectacular, panoramic views of the sea.
New Twists on Celebrity Favorites
The Martini Bar & Crush
Inspired by water, ice, and snow, The Martini Bar & Crush aboard Celebrity Solstice will give a nod to Celebrity Century’s popular Martini Bar, with its own hip twist. This enclave will feature an alluring frosted bar – the perfect chilled surface for enjoying over 100 varieties of vodkas from around the world – and multiple martini mixes, from the classics to the latest creations. New on Celebrity Solstice will be Crush, a small alcove featuring an ice- filled table where guests can participate in caviar and vodka tastings, or even host a private event.
The glamour of Monte Carlo comes to Celebrity Solstice in Fortunes Casino. With its comfortable elegance, European ambience and easy flow, Fortunes will challenge guests to win their favorite games of chance, while those who prefer to observe the action will enjoy comfortable viewing areas. The largest casino in the Celebrity fleet, guests will have the opportunity to take a seat at 16 gaming tables or 200 of the hottest gaming machines.
A signature space across the Celebrity fleet, Michael’s Club on Celebrity Solstice will invite privacy and intimacy, with its classic, English leather club chairs, dramatic black glass chandelier, and a grand Michelangelo marble fireplace paired with contemporary artwork and accessories. The rich, comfortable furnishings will create a warm atmosphere conducive to conversation, amidst a backdrop of soothing piano and jazz music, as well as single malt scotch and cognac tastings.
Celebrity has assembled a team of some of the best designers and architects in the business to lend their lauded talents to the creation of Celebrity Solstice. Those involved in designing the ship’s distinctive lounges and nightclubs are 5+Design, BG Studio International, Inc., RTKL, and Celebrity’s own Newbuilding & Design team.
Celebrity Solstice will be the line’s first in a class of four 2,850- passenger vessels with an exceptional range of guest-inspired services and amenities. German shipbuilder Meyer Werft, who constructed the line’s Century- class fleet – Celebrity Century, Celebrity Mercury, and Celebrity Galaxy – is building the 122,000-ton ship.
Following several weeks of inaugural activities, Celebrity Solstice will make its maiden voyage December 14, 2008, on a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., visiting San Juan, Puerto Rico; Basseterre, St. Kitts; and Phillipsburg, St. Maarten. The itinerary will be offered on Sundays through April 5, 2009, with an alternating itinerary calling on San Juan, Puerto Rico; Phillipsburg, St. Maarten; Tortola, B.V.I; and Labadee, Haiti, through April 12, 2009. Fares for veranda staterooms begin at $1,099 per persona, based on double occupancy.